English Language and Literature Class 10 Syllabus

Class 10 English Syllabus

In this article, we provide you with the latest English language and literature class 10 syllabus 2018-2019. The class 10 English syllabus given here is according to the remodelled assessment structure. In the new structure, the final board exam will carry 80 marks and internal assessments will carry the other 20 marks. For internal assessments, year-round three written tests will be conducted periodically and an average of the best two will be taken for the final marks submission. The three tests are held as the midterm exam, pre-mid and post-mid with the vast portion cumulatively covered. The gradually increasing portion for the assessments would prepare students for appearing for the board examination confidently.

The CBSE class 10 English language and literature syllabus is provided below and students are advised to know the entire syllabus before they begin their preparation for Class 10 English exam 2019.

The class 10 English board exam is divided into three sections as follows:

  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills with Grammar
  • Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text

The section-wise marks weightage is given in the below table.




Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text


Total = 80

Topics covered in each section

Section A: Reading Section B: Writing And Grammar Section C: Literature Textbooks And Long Reading Text
Qs 1-2. This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

Q. 1: A Factual passage of 300-350 words with eight very short answer type questions. [8 marks]

Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four short answer type questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four MCQs to test vocabulary. [12 Marks]

Q. 3: Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal stimulus. [5 marks]

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. [10 marks]

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in CBSE class IX and X.

1. Tenses

2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)

3. Use of passive voice

4. Subject – verb concord

5. Reporting

  • (i) Commands and requests
  • (ii) Statements
  • (iii) Questions

6. Clauses:

7. Noun clauses

8. Adverb clauses of condition and time

9. Relative clauses

10. Determiners, and

11. Prepositions

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

Q. 5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. [3 marks]

Q. 6: Editing or omission. [4 marks]

Q. 7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. [3 marks]

Q. 8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Three very short answer questions. [3 marks]

One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. One question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation.

Q. 9: Four short answer type questions from FIRST FLIGHT & FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two from each) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each). [2×4=8 marks]

Q. 10: One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (FIRST FLIGHT & FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET). Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. (80-100 words). [4 marks]

Q. 11: One out of two Long Answer Questions on theme or plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 100-120 words based on prescribed novel. [10 marks]

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